Current Affairs India - 27 August 2014

1. The Supreme Court said today that Prime Minister and Chief Ministers should not induct persons with criminal and corruption charges as ministers in their cabinets for national interest. It will send a strong signal to criminal and corrupt politicians.

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha did not pass any order to disqualify them as ministers, instead it has left the decision with the PM and CMs not to induct them as ministers in their cabinets. It further said that the Constitution reposes immense trust in the PM and CMs and they are expected to act with constitutional responsibility and morality.

2. SAIL Chairman C.S.Verma has been elected as First President of Indian Steel Association (ISA), which was formally launched by Major domestic steel producers on 26th August. Sajjan Jindal, Chairman & Managing Director, JSW, Mr. TV Narendran, MD, Tata Steel, P Madhusudan, CMD, RINL will be apex committee members. 

The membership of ISA will be open to any steel producer with a yearly capacity of at least 2 million tonne while Steel producers with capacity less than 2 million tonnes can be affiliate members. The association will work towards transforming the Indian steel industry to improve its Quality, Productivity & Competitiveness.

3. India-s telecom major Vodafone and will come together to plant 3,00,000 saplings under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative to develop country-s first private wildlife corridor between Kanha and Pench Tiger Reserve. Both the companies have announced this campaign today.

The trees will be planted over 100 hectares of forest land between the two reserves over a period of three years and it will generate 25,000 mandays employment for tribals and other people living in the area.

4. Indian women cricket captain Mithali Raj has retained No 1 rank for batters in the latest ICC women-s rankings published today. She is followed by England captain Charlotte Edwards, who has jumped five places to second position and S.J. Taylor of England.

In the bowlers- rankings, S.R. Taylor of West Indies secured No 1 rank while England-s Jenny Gunn has moved up to two places to second, her highest ranking so far. India-s J. Goswami secured third rank. In All-rounders- category, S.R. Taylor of West Indies secured No 1 rank followed by Australia-s E.A. Perry and her team mate S.F. Daley.